Wilson “Boozoo” Chavis Interview

Boozoo rose to great popularity in his second musical career in 1984, rocking dancehalls all over the country. He had had a bad experience when he first recorded in 1954 and didn’t record again until thirty years later when he started playing dances again. I drove the hour and a half to his house in Doghill, near Lake Charles, and when I arrived at his house Boozoo was riled up, telling me I was late, yelling from the doorstep! His wife Leona came out and told him he was confused and he settled down for a nice long talk. Later he showed me some of the race horses he raised. I took photos and drank coffee with them.

– Ann Savoy

  • Wilfred Latour, 1988 00:00
Interviewee: Wilson “Boozoo” Chavis
Interviewer: Ann Savoy
Date: July 7, 1986
Location: Eunice, LA
Language: English

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